Reference: Moss, L. (1995). Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin. New York: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing.

  • 1996 Caldecott Honor 

Brief Annotation: This story is about all the instuments of an orchestra, the book tells the reader what going to an orchestra is like and how it is a form of a concert with lots of different instuments and musicians all playing together to make a beautiful melody.

Genre: Fiction

Grade Level: K-2

Readers who will like this: Readers who are interested in instuments will enjoy this book since it goes into some detail how different instruments go together, readers who have been to an orchestra before will enjoy this and so will students who are planning on going to an orchesta concert. Any student will enjoy the fun rhymes in the book and fun illustrations.

Rating/Response 1-5: 2.5, it was a good book with a good description of what a orchestra looks like, but I do not like books that do not develop characters with names. I also thought the story was a little boring and nothing that exciting happened.

Text-Dependent Question: In the book it explains the sound of a harp. How does the author tell the reader a harp sounds like?